After travel through South America for 140 days we finally found ourselves at our last stop in South America, sunny Rio de Janeiro!
After leaving the beaches of Ilha do Mel we headed back up into the mountains to the colonial town of Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto is not only one of the oldest towns in Brazil, but one of the largest well preserved colonial towns as well. Set in the hills north of Rio de Janeiro, this once important mining town is a collection of beautiful colonial buildings and winding streets wandering this way and that over the rolling hills.
After traveling through the South American interior we finally arrived at the Atlantic Ocean! Our first site of it was at Ilha do Mel (Island of Honey) a popular vacation spot for Brazilians, however since we arrived in August which is during their winter, we enjoyed a nearly deserted tropical island get away, though we had to endure the frigid 70-80 degree Brazilian winter weather.
Our last stop in Argentina was Iguazu Falls, in the northeast corner of Argentina along the border with Brazil and just a few miles from the border of Paraguay. At 1.7 miles wide Iguazu is one of the widest in the world. It is actually a collection of hundreds of smaller waterfalls along the Iguazu river.